Although chillies have been used for more than 6 000 years in South America, it wasn’t until 1490 that they began to spread to the rest of the world. Not just a spicy addition to our kitchens, chillies have valuable medicinal properties too.
The variety most often used in medicine is cayenne pepper. This warming plant increases circulation and relaxes spasms and tension. It treats colds, fevers and chills by promoting sweating, and treats shock and depression. It stimulates digestion and increases blood flow to an area, encouraging healing.